Things Senior Pastors Should Say More Often

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Things Senior Pastors Should Say More Often

  • Not all of our staff problems originate in someone else’s office.
  • There are lots of other churches but I only have one family.
  • You can disagree with me without fear of reprisal.
  • My sermon may not be the most important thing that happens this Sunday.
  • Just changing our music won’t heal internal relational issues.
  • I need a sabbatical.
  • I love our staff and pray for them daily.
  • Let’s plan worship together.
  • I can’t do this on my own.
  • Let’s move the sermon to another spot if that will help the service flow.
  • Ministry ageism is unacceptable.
  • I love meeting together to share ministry dreams, goals, expectations and concerns.
  • Even though a final word is necessary it doesn’t always have to be mine.
  • I respect your leadership and trust you with your ministry.
  • My door is open.
  • That is my study time.
  • I am a worship leader.
  • Shared ministry doesn’t threaten my leadership it strengthens it.
  • We shouldn’t move forward until we have buy-in.
  • Here is my sermon schedule.
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7 Responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Bill williams on 29.12.13 at 8:36 pm

    They should say “now we would like to have __________ come up and share his/her story of how they came to know Christ.

    Also a very welcoming welcome to all! I’m just not seeing senior pastors have testimony from lay people enough.

  2. Posted by Sandra Wood on 29.12.13 at 8:36 pm

    I agree with Bill Williams. I think personal testimonies are so important. We are all called to confess Jesus as our Savior and Lord, to talk about what God is doing in our lives. We each have a unique story of how Jesus worked in our life to redeem us. If we can’t share that in front of our church family, how will we ever share it with strangers or someone who doesn’t believe. Personal testimonies glorify God, build community and inspire unbelievers to have faith in Jesus. So why don’t I see more testimonies in the churches I have attended?

  3. Posted by Lee Cooke on 29.12.13 at 8:36 pm

    Actually, my pastor DOES say many of those things!!!

  4. Posted by David Manner on 29.12.13 at 8:36 pm

    You are blessed, Lee.

  5. Posted by kurt kelley on 29.12.13 at 8:36 pm

    How about reminding the congregation that the Constitution is NOT a biblical document, nor should it be treated as one. Our constitution should be the Sermon on the Mount.

  6. Posted by mike harland on 29.12.13 at 8:36 pm

    great stuff as always David – thanks for sharing.

  7. Posted by William on 29.12.13 at 8:36 pm

    I also believe Pastors should continue to encourage and empower the Staff and Volunteers. Emphasize that your Church is a safe place, and mistakes are acceptable. We are all on the same team.

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